Camus on the Coronavirus
" In January 1941, Albert Camus began work on a story about a virus that
spreads uncontrollably from animals to humans and ends up destroying
half the population of “an ordinary town” called Oran, on the Algerian
coast. “The Plague,” published in 1947, is frequently described as the
greatest European novel of the postwar period."
"This is what Camus meant when he talked about the “absurdity” of life.
Recognizing this absurdity should lead us not to despair but to a
tragicomic redemption, a softening of the heart, a turning away from
judgment and moralizing to joy and gratitude."
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